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Statement from Carmel Coaches

Carmel Coaches announce with great sadness that they will cease trading on 14th November having lost an appeal against the revocation of their licence to operate.

Although this marks the end of a family business that has served the Exeter and West Devon area for 30 years,we have to accept the decision made despite its harsh severity.

We can confirm that arrangements are being made for all future contracts and bookings to be honoured and our business at Bristol is unaffected and continues to trade as normal.

We would like to thank our long-serving hard working staff and our loyal customers for their support particularly during this past year which was marred by the tragic and devastating accident on 13th May.

We are working hard to ensure that our staff find continued employment and job losses will be kept to a minimum

– Carmel Coaches

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Exeter coach firm faces closure

Carmel Coaches depot in Exeter Credit: ITV News West Country

Exeter coach company Carmel Coaches has lost its operating licence and looks set to close.

The company lost is licence shortly after a fatal coach crash in Cornwall in May this year, although this is not thought to have been the reason for the decision by the Traffic Commissioner.

Carmel had been accused of numerous defects on vehicles including an MOT failure rate which was more than double the national average.

Despite launching an appeal against the decision, which enabled the company to continue to operate, Carmel Coaches, heard today that it had been unsuccessful and directors broke the news to staff this morning. The company currently employs around 50 people.

Elderly woman dies after accident in Cornwall

The elderly passenger of a car involved in a crash near St Ives last month has died.

The collision involving three vehicles took place on St Ives Road in Carbis Bay just after 5pm on Sunday 28 September.

Frances Hancock, who was in the Mercedes, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital but died from her injuries yesterday, Wednesday 14 October.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the accident.

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MP's fears for Newquay Airport following Lib Dem vote

Stephen Gilbert fears Newquay Airport could be squeezed out Credit: ITV News

Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay, says he's disappointed that his party has approved a policy which he says could squeeze out services from Newquay airport.

The party conference voted against further expansion of runways in the south east. and Mr Gilbert argues this means that major airports there will be forced to concentrate on long-haul flights at the expense of internal flights to regional airports.

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